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Remember you're at a high altitude! This hike is all up the 1st half-you'll be breathing heavy if you're not used to altitude. Great views from the summit.

A quick walk. Mostly uphill to the falls. On the return we had some awesome and scary views of the smoke plumes from the nearby Diamond Creek fire.

backpacking
14 days ago

Great trail, camps spread out before you start the steeper grade at 7 mi.. Buck creek pass is a further 3 miles with some 2000 feet additional elevation gain. From the trailhead to the pass it's 10 miles and around 3300 feet in elevation gain. From the pass the views are spectacular. Definitely will be going back. On top I saw 2 camps but if you don't hike with extra water you would want to re-supply water at buck creek a half a mile back toward the trailhead. I could easily spend a full day up at buck creek pass doing side trails and climbing. The weather on top was deteriorating pretty fast and the camps are fairly exposed so while I was there so I hiked the mile and a half further to Small Creek and camped there.

If you have several days to play with take a good look at the map. There is a lot of good hiking around in the area. Ran into 2 guys who had gone from the phelps trailhead which makes a loop. This trail also hooks into section k of the pct.

On a side note next time I will be staying the night at one of the camps before the grade and hiking up to the pass the next day to give myself a full day up top.

mountain biking
15 days ago

As good as it gets! Great hike up to bucks pass

Nice, shaded trail and surprisingly vacant for a Saturday in August. A few moments of good open views and charming accessible waterfall. Feels like a "real" trail, (not a graded road or boardwalk), but still easily attainable by even this out-of-practice hiker.

hiking
28 days ago

hiking
28 days ago

my friends and i were aiming to go to the maple loop pass. got to the top of this trail to realize we were on the wrong one! but no regrets because the view is absolutely gorgeous. we were able to go up a steady pace and views while walking plus wildflowers made it a really nice experience.

backpacking
1 month ago

Great trail. It's a little dusty right now- we could use a little rain.

hiking
2 months ago

trail is 8.8 round trip, 4,100 up, up, up. steep, but you can hear the roar of the creek most of the way
the gorgeous falls come out of the lake.

mountain biking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

I think it is closer to 10 miles round trip. Excellent close up views of Big Craggy and other nearby peaks. Lots of wildflowers blooming as the trail breaks off to Burch Mountain from the pass. Snow free all the way to the top as of 7/15. I got distracted looking at the scenery and ended up on some steep scree on the west side of the mountain. After backtracking a few 100 ft I was able to find the turn for the final scramble up the NW side of the peak. Didn't run into anyone else on the trail until I got back to the parking lot.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Nice views of the North Cascades in the distance with beautiful open meadows after you break out of a burn zone. The trail was easy to follow all the way to the top of Tiffany and never felt difficult. Several wildflowers blooming. Start from the trailhead marked Freezeout Ridge on NF-39 which is located at the top of the pass. Limited parking but very little traffic so you won't see many cars. Road was a little rough the last 1/2 mile but doable.